Former Kansas University defensive lineman Jake Laptad has been signed by the Chicago Bears. Laptad, an undrafted free agent who graduated from KU in 2011, joined the team Wednesday in Chicago.
While last Monday’s announcement of the end of the NFL lockout marked a big day for the professional football players of the world, it also proved to be a huge moment for a few undrafted, former college players who have had to wait a lot longer than any before them to get their shot at living out their dreams.
According to his Twitter feed, former Kansas University defensive end, Jake Laptad, on Thursday, became the third member of KU’s most recent graduating class to pick up a free agent offer from an NFL team.
Though the Kansas University football team finished just 3-9 and won just one game in Big 12 play, three Jayhawks made enough of an impression on the league’s coaches to earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention nods.
Kansas junior Dezmon Briscoe was honored as a first-team All-Big 12 receiver Tuesday in a vote of the Big 12 coaches.
Kansas defensive end Jake Laptad was added on Wednesday to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
Given the assignment to create in his basement the perfect football brain, Dr. Frankenstein would have made a man who speaks exclusively in clichés, does not question authority and does the same things with his free time as coaches have him doing at practice.
When Kansas University defensive end Jake Laptad plays video games in his spare time, his team of choice is the Kansas City Chiefs.
Go ahead and call Jake Laptad a pig. For a while there, he couldn't argue. Kansas University's freshman defensive end was merely a toothpick one year ago, at least by defensive-lineman standards. Finishing up his senior season at Jenks (Okla.) High, Laptad weighed 212 pounds. His 6-foot-4 frame was ready for more weight, and Laptad's college career depended on it.